Raphael Angels Sistine Madonna Glass Tealight Candleholder 2.3H

Raphael Angels Sistine Madonna Glass Tealight Candleholder 2.3H

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Glass candle holder with Raphael's renaissance painting of Two Angel Cherubs from The Sistine Madonna (1513 / 1514). This desktop sized candle holder has a cavity at top to hold a tea light candle which comes with the purchase. It would make a memorable teacher's gift or church party favor.

  • Measures: 2.3 in x 2.5 in W x 2.5 in D. Weighs 10 oz.
  • Part of the Parastone Museum Gift Collection.
  • Four-color printing of a masterpiece painting on all sides.
  • Comes with a color description card.
  • Gift boxed with a sateen lining.

The Sistine Madonna (1513 / 1514) - The two most famous angels ever painted can be found at the bottom of Rafael's masterpiece, the Sistine Madonna, a painting he made for the high altar in San Sisto in Piacenza. Rafael was commissioned to do the painting by Pope Julius II, who is depicted in the form of the Holy Sixtus. The two rather bored-looking little angels counteract the rather melancholy expression of Mary and her child.

About Rafael (1483 - 1520) - Born in Urbino, Rafael Santi became an apprentice of the famous Perugino at the age of 17. Perugino's school specialized in well-organized peaceful compositions, devoid of any ornamental excess. In 1504 he moved to Florence, where at that time innovation in art was the subject of serious debate. Michelangelo was working there. Leonardo da Vinci had just been the center of attention with his Mona Lisa. Raphael studied all styles and techniques and also experimented with Leonardo's famous sfumato (smoky shadowing).

Raphael largely remained faithful to the Perugino school in compositions, avoiding too much drama and seeking equilibrium. Pope Julius II first summoned Michelangelo, and shortly afterwards in 1508, Raphael to Rome. The latter to decorate his apartments. This commission forced the painter to gather a flock of pupils around him at a young age. After a brief but very productive and successful life, he died on his 37th birthday on Good Friday 1520.

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